Great things to see and do at the event

Other than the Ships what’s happening in the Event Zones?

Loads and loads - too much to list here, there is something happening from 10am until 10om across the 5 days in various locations.
Find out all about the exciting programme of entertainment here and on our social media channels.

What is the Crew Parade and when is it?

Starting at 3pm departing from Burdon Road in Sunderland City Centre the heart of Sunderland is set to come alive in a vibrant explosion of colour, music and youthful exuberance on Thursday (12July) as the crews of the 55 vessels visiting The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 take part in a spectacular Crew Parade. Spectators can expect to see trainees from over 16 countries express their unique identity through creative costumes, songs and choreographed dance routines in what promises to be a fantastic carnival atmosphere. The parade will finish at St Peter’s (Event Zone C) with a prize-giving ceremony at 4.30pm.

What is the Welcome Parade and when is it?

The Welcome Parade is taking place on Wednesday 11 July and its purpose is to welcome the Tall Ships to Sunderland. The parade is aimed primarily at groups and schools in the historic East area of the city where there is a strong history and heritage of parades in this area. The area is also known for its historic links to shipbuilding and is one of the oldest parts of the city of Sunderland.

Sunderland City Council have commissioned Community Interest Company the Creative Seed CIC which specialises in carnival events and parades to provide a carnival roadshow. We have over 20 community groups and schools involved who are preparing their own displays to ensure the parade reflects the diversity and rich heritage of the city.

The Welcome Parade will be starting at 6pm on the Town Moor, partying along the Port and ending at the Observation Wheel on Barrack Street ending at approximately 7.30pm.

Are there fireworks – if so when?

Fireworks will take place at 9.30pm on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th.
On Friday 13th at 9.00pm a spectacular artistic performance will take place over the River Wear incorporating a pyrotechnics display